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Friday, January 28, 2011

Potatoes and Peas Paratha


Wheat flour 2 cups
Porridge oats 1/2 cup


Potatoes (boiled) 4
Fresh green peas (boiled) 1 cup
Green chillies grated 2
Amchur powder 1 tbsp
Oil for frying the paratha

  1. Make soft dough with wheat flour,oats and salt.

  2. Mix potatoes,green peas,green chillies,salt and amchur powder
  3. Roll out a thick roti.Place 2tbsp of the stuffing and close the edges.
  4. Flatten it and dust it with more flour and roll out until the stuffing is not seen.
  5. Fry both sides with oil.Serve hot with curd and chat masala

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two Years Of Blogging

Happy birthday to my blog.Can't believe that i completed 2 years of blogging here.Thanks to blogger for giving me a platform to show my cooking skills and thanks to lovely readers and friends who take time to read and trying out my recipes.Thanks a lot for the people who take time to give me the feed back.

In the journey of 2 years i did 256 post and around 260 recipes.Need 1 more follower to reach 100 followers,thank u girls/guys for following me.

The top 6 post which get maximum hits are Hyderabadi Bagara Rice,Kadai Vegetable,Hyderabadi Dum Gosh Biryani,Mutton Paya Soup,Eggless Cake with Milk Powder and Mirchi Ka Salan.So out of six recipes four are must cooked recipe in any hyderabadi household.

We always celebrate any occasion with sweet but i will celebrate my blog birthday with my favourite veggie ie brinjal/Vankaya.
Dum Ka Baingan


Brinjals 10
Oil 4 tbsp
Dry red chillies 5
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Black pepper 1 tsp
Green cardamoms 2
Bay leaf 1
Cinnamon 1" stick
Cloves 3
Onion paste 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Trim the stems of the brinjals.Slit open each brinjal crosswise,without dis joining it from the stem.
Heat 1tsp oil in a pan over medium heat.Add dry red chillies,cumin seeds,black pepper,green cardamoms,cinnamon sticks,bay leaf,cloves and cumin seeds.Saute over medium heat for 5-6 minutes.Cool and grind to a fine powder.
Heat a little oil in a pan.Fry brinjals,a few at a time for 5-6 minutes.Remove from heat and keep aside.
In a same pan,heat the remaining oil.Saute onion paste until lightly coloured.
Add ginger garlic paste,turmeric powder and ground spice paste.
Stir and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Add salt and 1/3 cup of hot water.Cook until the water evaporates and oil separates from the gravy.
Arrange the fried brinjals in the gravy.Stir very carefully,cover and cook over low flame.
Serve hot with rice or with rotis.

Recipe source:-Dum cuisine-- chef's special

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cauliflower fitters/Bajji

This too i made it for the festival lunch.Very simple and easy to make.It is just like any other fitters/Bajji.


Cauliflower florets 10
Besan/Gram flour/Sanagapindi 1 cup
Rice flour 2 tbsp
Ajwain 1 tsp
Cooking soda a pinch
Salt as per taste
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Water for making the batter
Oil for deep drying


Make a thick batter of besan,rice flour,ajwain,cooking soda,salt and red chilly powder.
Soak cauliflower in hot water for 5 minutes and strain the water.
Dip each floret in the batter and deep fry in batches.
Take them on a absorbent paper and serve hot.

Other fitter recipes in my blog

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kadhu Ki Kheer

I saw this recipe of kadhu ki kheer at zaiqa long back and it is very easy to make with very few ingredients.I made this on the sankranthi.


Kadhu/Soorakaya/Bottle gourd - 1 cup grated
Milk 2 1/2 cups
Milk powder 1/4 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Raisins few
Cashew few
Almonds few
Green cardamom 1
Ghee 1 tbsp


Fry all the dry fruits in the ghee and keep aside.
Remove seeds from the bottle gourd and grate it
Heat milk in a thick bottom vessel.Let it boil for 5-6 minutes.
Mix milk powder in a little water and add it to the boiling milk and stir continuously
Then add grated bottle gourd,sugar and all the dry fruits.
Keep the flame in simmer and let it boil for another 5 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Methi Thepla


Wheat flour 3 cups
Besan/gram flour 1/2 cup
Fenugreek leaves/methi leaves (fresh) 1 cup
Cumin/zeera powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Green chillies 3 chopped finely
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying


Knead all the ingredients with water into a pliable dough.Keep aside for half an hour

Take dough size of cricket ball and roll out into 6'' diameter discs with a rolling pin.

Cook on a hot griddle applying oil on both sides and fry till light brown on both sides.

Serve with curd

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chakari Pongali/Sweet Pongal

I made this pongali on the bhogi day.I love this combination of jaggery,moong dal and rice.Very easy to make and very tasty dessert.


Raw rice 1 cup
Moong dal (pesara papu) 1/4 cup
Jaggery 1/3rd cup
Elachi 1
Cashew few
Raisins few
Badam 4 (soak and blanched)
Ghee 3 tbsp


Soak moong dal for 2-3 hours.
In a pan take ghee and fry cashew,raisins and badam separately.Keep aside.
Pressure cook rice and dal,approx for 4-5 whistles
In a deep bottom pan take jaggery and 1/2 cup of water.
Bring it to boil.Then add the cooked rice and dal.
Mix throughly and add the cashew,elachi,raisins and badam.
The left over ghee after frying the dry fruits can also be added to the pongali.
Let all the water dries up and jaggery is thoroughly mixed with the rice.Then switch of the stove.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kala Koora

సంక్రాంతి శుభాకాంక్షలు

Happy Sankranthi to my readers and to all my friends.

Kala koora is one the delicacies made on sankranthi that is on the second day of the festival.Kala Gura is made with different seasonal vegetables.|This recipe is my sisters mother-inlaws.


Soorakaya/Bottle gourd 5-6 (peeled and chopped into 1' thick pieces )
Brinjal 4 (chopped into thick long pieces)
Tomatoes 2 (chop each tomato into 4 pieces)
Cauliflower 5-6 florets
Potatoes 2 (Chopped into thick pieces)
Tamarind (fresh) 2 pieces
Chikudikaya/Indian broad beans 5-6 (Slice into 2 pieces)
Onion 2 chopped finely
Green chillies 3 silted
Curry leaves few
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsp


Take a deep pan,add oil.When hot add onions,green chillies and curry leaves.

Fry until onions are pink in colour.Now add all the veggies,turmeric powder,red chilly powder and salt.

Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.

By now the veggies are soft.Add 1/2 glass of water.

Let it come to boil.Now simmer and cook till the veggies are very soft and the curry is semi dry.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Andhra is famous for its pulusu,be it chapala pulusu or any other pulusu.Dappalam is a mixture of many veggies cooked in tamarind gravy and is very famous in andhra.Sometimes besan or channa dal is added to get the thickness in the pulusu.

My elder sister is married into a typical Andhra family from Vijayawada and she cooks this dappalam very often.I love this with plain rice or hyderbadi bagara rice (not a weird combination though).This is my sister recipe....


Soorakaya/Kadhu/Bottle Gourd 1 cup (big pieces)
Brinjal 2 chopped into thick pieces
Drum stick 2
Tomatoes 2
Lady finger 4 chopped into big pieces
Green chillies 2 sliced
Channa dal 4 tbsp (soaked for 3-4 hours)
Tamarind small lemon sized
Jaggery a small piece
Mint leaves few
Coriander leaves few
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste


Mustard seeds few
Hing little
Curry leaves few
Oil 2-3 tbsp

Soak channa dal for 3-4 hours and pressure cook until soft.Mash it and keep aside.

In a deep pan take oil and add all the seasoning.When they spultter add all the veggies and green chillies,mint leaves,coriander.

Add salt and turmeric powder.Mix well.Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes.Now the veggies will become soft.

Remove pulp from tamarind and add it to the veggies.Also add jaggery.

Add 2 glass of water.Let it come to boil.

Then add the mashed channa dal,cook until the veggies are soft (say for another 5-6 minutes).

Serve hot with rice and vadiyalu or else serve like i do with bagara rice.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zaika - e - Basmati - Khaas

I throughly enjoyed Master chef aired in Star plus.My fav contanstant were Zebi Zubair and Radhika.I thought these two ladies will be in the finals,but two didnt come to finals.Radhika just missed it and zebi got elimated before semi finals.I liked all the dishes cooked by Zebi Zubair.Few days back i tried her Zaika-e-basmati-khaas (actually it was a team effort).


Basmati Rice 3 cups
Green Cardamom 3

Black Cardamom 4

Black Peppercorns 4
Salt to taste

Curd 1/2 cup

Amul Butter 1 tbspCumin seeds 1tsp

French Beans (boiled and finely chopped) 1tbsp

Cauliflower stem (boiled and finely chopped) 1 cup

Cabbage 1/2 cup chopped finely

Carrot chopped finely 1 cup

Cornflour 2 tbsp

Ginger-garlic paste 2 tspRed chilli powder 1tspOil for deep frying

Onion (finely sliced) 1

Mint leaves (shredded) 10 nos

For Koftas

Mix together corn flour with cabbage,carrot,beans,cauliflower,ginger garlic paste,red chilly powder and salt.Mix throughly and shape into koftas.Heat oil and deep fry koftas.Take them on a tissue and keep aside.

In the same oil fry onions and keep aside.

In a deep pan, boil 1½ cups of water with green cardamom, black cardamom and peppercorns for 5-7 minutes. Add salt, boil for two more minutes and keep aside.
In a bowl, whisk the curd with an equal amount of water.
In a deep vessel, heat butter and add cumin seeds. When cumin crackles, add spice water and curd water and bring to a boil. Mix in rice and some more salt if required. Boil the rice on a high flame and when rice is just undercooked, reduce the flame, cover the vessel and cook till done.

Serve the koftas on a bed of the prepared rice, sprinkled over with fried onions and mint leaves.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Sweet Corn Soup

We have here every Thursday vegetable market,where we get fresh veggies.Most of the people here opt for this market once a week.One day i noticed a guy selling corn in the non season.Then i went and asked him,he said it is sweet corn and it priced at rs.10/- per cob which is quite high compared to normal corn which is seasonal and which would cost less than Rs.5/-.
In dubai i was used to buy sweet corn in tins.Drain the water and used to toss that with butter and salt and give kids as a evening snack.When i saw sweet corn been sold in our vegetable market was delighted by the sight of it and started buying it very week.Most of the time is just boiling it and tossing with butter and salt and serve hot.Last week made sweet corn soup and it came out just like what we have at restaurant.Here goes my recipe for sweet corn soup.....

Sweet corn - 1cob
Carrot 2 chopped finely
Beans 4-5 chopped finely
Cabbage sliced
Salt to taste
Butter 2 tbsp
Soya sauce 1 tbsp
Ajinimoto 1/4tsp
Pepper powder 1 tbsp
Corn flour 2 tbsp


Boil corn.Strain the water.

In the same water pressure cook carrot,beans and cabbage.Strain water and keep aside.

Take 2 tbsp of boiled corn and grind it into smooth paste.

Put a big vessel on the flame.Add butter.When butter melts add the water in which the veggies are cooked.

Let it come to a boil.Then add all the veggies and corn.

Let it boil for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the mashed corn and mix throughly.Again boil for 2-3 minutes.

Now add corn flour mixed in water and stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.

Last add soya sauce,pepper,ajinomoto and salt.Stir and serve hot wit
h any starters of your choice.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Murg Pulao

This is another recipe from Nita mehta Microwave cooking book.I have blogged about chicken biryani before and this one is quite different to what i have blogged and it is quick and easy to make.


Basmati Rice 1 cup

Chicken cut into pcs 1 cup

Salt as per taste

Turmeric powder 1/2tsp

Red chillies dried 3

Onions chopped 2

Ginger chopped 2tsp

Garlic 12-14 flakes

Cumin seeds 1tsp

Fennel seeds 2tsp

Cinnamon 1’’stick

Black cardamom 2

Cloves 3

Pepper 8


Soak rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes.For the paste grind all the ingredients together,using some water.

Mix chicken and the prepared paste in a big micro proof dih.Cover and microwave for 3 minutes.

Add rice along with the water.Add salt and haldi.Cover and microwave for 13 minutes.

Separate the grains with a fork.Serve after 5 minutes.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Bhindi with Peanuts


Lady's finger (bhindi) 300gms cut diagonally into 1/4'' thick slices,about 1'' long
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Garlic flakes 3-4 crushed roughly
Onion 1 chopped
Tomato 1 chopped
Coriander powder 1 1/2 tsp
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Salt as per taste
Red chilly powder 1/2tsp
Tomato chilli sauce 2tsp
Oil to fry


Heat oil for deep frying in a kadhai to medium hot temp.Add half of the bhindi and fry on medium flame for about 5 minutes till it gets cooked.Remove from oil on a paper napkin.

Fry second batch of bhindi also.

In the same oil deep fry peanuts also till golden,drain on a paper napkin.

Remove all the oil from the kadhai.Heat 2 tbsp of oil again the the kadhai.

Reduce flame.Add garlic and fry till it changes colour.

Add onion and fry till golden brown.

Add chopped tomato,cook for 4-5 minutes till it leaves oil.

Add tomato chilli sauce,coriander powder,garam masala powder,salt and chilli powder.

Stir for a minute on low flame.Add peanuts and bhindi.Stir,serve.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Veg Pulao --- Microwave

Last month i was very busy with the kids exams and other things,didn't find time to write her.Was writing in my other blog but didn't right here.It is not that i neglected or i lost interest but i felt i should take a break.Now back from my break in this new year.The recipe i am writing today is from Nita Metha's Microwave cooking.I have posted Veg pulao recipe here and here before but this is different compared to both because of the different ingredients i used.As such the previous both are also different.Here goes the recipe of Nita Mehta...


Basmati rice 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste 1 1/2 tsp
Cauliflower florets 1/2 cup
Potato 2 cut into 1/2" pieces
Carrots 2 cut into pieces
Green peas 1 cup
Panner cubes 10
Turmeric powder 1/4tsp
Red chilly powder 1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Mint leaves few
Lemon juice 1 tsp
Oil 2tbsp
SPICE BAG (crush the spices lightly)
Pepper 10
Fennel seeds 2 tsp
Green cardamoms 3-4
Black cardamoms 3-4
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 2 sticks


Soak rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Tie the ingredients of the spice bag in a piece of muslin cloth.

In a broad micro proof dish, put oil, ginger and garlic paste, cauliflower, panner, potato, carrots and peas. Microwave for 3 minutes.

Add the soaked rice. Add haldi, red chilly powder and salt. Add the spice bag. Microwave covered for 6 minutes.

Add mint leaves and lemon juice. Stir gently with a fork. Cover and microwave for 7 minutes. Wait for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Remove spice bad. Serve hot.